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Nina Weiss is a professional Fine Artist. Early studies include classes at the Art Students League, NY & the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Nina’s work is represented in private and corporate collections including United Airlines, Aetna Insurance, McDonalds, Eli Lilly, and Avon. She has a lengthy resume of solo and group exhibitions including New York Art Expo; Kohenline Art Museum, and the Union League Club. Her work can be seen in two Hollywood films; “Chicago Fire” TV series. Her lengthy teaching experience includes The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Columbia College Chicago. Nina’s home and studio are currently in Evanston, IL.
Kayla Allen is a local to the Cambridge MD area. She recently graduated from Salisbury University with a BA in English and a minor in Art. Currently, she is a teacher at James M Bennett High School and has a passion for both teaching and the arts.
Find Kayla on Instagram @thecolorfulkayak
Heidi is a local fiber artist and basket weaver. Originally from Germany, Heidi now lives and weaves in Easton, Maryland, using unique and indigenous materials, as well as materials that she brings back from her travels. Her work ranges from traditional, sculptured, to contemporary. She is often inspired by nature and her sculptures can serve as colorful and decorative highlights for a wall, or a table. Some of her sculptures are utilitarian, while others are purely decorative.
Eduardo Valadez Arenas
Eduardo is a Mexican-American Artist from Mexico City by way of the Coachella Valley. He is currently residing and working in California’s bay area. His artworks echo diaspora, his Mexican American heritage, and influences of California pop culture. His mixed-media works on paper and handmade panels contain elements of cartoon illustrations, sign painting, traditional
printmaking techniques, and street art. Through the Modern Codex series, he seeks to explore and share the tradition of documenting and personal histories and rewriting narratives. Outside of the studio, his work as an educator has led to collaborations with art-based organizations like Kala Arts Institute, Ryse Youth Center, Riverside Museum of Photography, Oakland School for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and La Cocina.
Re-cycled furniture is Terri’s passion. Being able to save an old worn piece and turn it into a beautiful whimsical piece of furniture is her mission. She creates useful unique furniture made from various papers, dried leaves, foil and fabric and loves to share her knowledge and inspire whimsy within her students.
Find Terri’s work on Facebook @ Pollie and Paper- Recycled furniture by Terri Griffin Home
Caroline Coolidge Brown
Caroline lives in Wilmington, Delaware, and has a studio with her printing press named Elvis at the Delaware Contemporary Museum of Art. “I love all things printmaking, mixed media, paper, or paint and I encourage my students to experiment and try everything. For me, art is building and layering: color, imagery, pattern, text, and story.” Caroline teaches at the Delaware Museum of Art in Wilmington and at General Theological Seminary in New York. She has studied art at Duke University, Penland School of Crafts, and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.
Find Caroline at at www.CarolineCBrown.com.
Jan started by taking a glass class at DCA under the instruction of Bill Wise, a teacher at the center in the 80’s. When Bill retired, Jan continued to produce her sparkling images as well as teach the art of stained glass. Jan’s love for working in glass and teaching the craft shows in both her students’ work and her own. When asked Jan says, “My greatest joy over the years has been the variety of students I have taught and the pride these students have for the beautiful pieces they created.” Much of Jan’s work can be seen in various buildings around the shore.
Griselda, originally from the State of Veracruz Mexico, has had a passion for art and nature since she was a child. She started three years ago sponsoring activities in Mexico, Cambridge and Colombia. In August 2020 she founded WorldWide Hope starting with 7 students teaching upcycling Art. Now it has 35 active members and 6 coordinators in Latin America, Goldsboro and Cambridge MD. “Art develops skills in children, works as therapy and at the same time we take care of the environment. “I want to leave a legacy, a legacy of love to the planet”.
Karen has combined her love of art and writing into a calligraphy career spanning over three decades. She is also a painter and Process Art Facilitator. A long-time meditator, she intertwines contemplative and self-compassion practices with her art instruction. Education: Northwestern University – M.A. in English Literature Illinois State University – B.A. in Fine Art Publications: My Helpful Healing Touch, A Guide To Empowering Children, Co-Author, and Illustrator of the children’s book published by the Healing Touch Program.
Find Karen at www.ContemplativeCalligraphy.com
Warren is a master decoy carver born and raised on a farm in Dorchester County. Warren spent his early life studying waterfowl in their natural surroundings. Warren studied with noted carvers over the years and has become one of the noted experts in his craft. He participates in exhibitions and shows throughout the eastern United States. He became an Open Class Carver over 22 years ago and was notified by the international Wood Carver’s Association congratulating him on being amongst the top 120 top carvers in the country.
Stephanie’s art is a colorful but carefully observed take on creatures, fueled by a love of nature and travel far and wide. Stephanie has a BA in Art from Gettysburg College and an MA in Art History from University of Delaware. After many years in the museum field as a curator, exhibit designer, and administrator, Stephanie decided to return to creating her own art. She sells her work, has illustrated children’s books, and teaches art to learners of all ages. She works in a wide variety of materials, from acrylics and gouache, colored pencils, and even to found objects and driftwood — anything to provide inspiration and appreciation of the natural world.
Find Stephanie at www.CreativeAnimal.net
Leah Yael Levy
Born and raised in Israel, Yael first moved to New York City in 2002 to attend the Art Students League of New York, and later completed a BFA of Illustration from Parsons (2011). After four years of doing design and illustrations for The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, She moved to California to pursue an MFA in Comics at CCA (2017). In recent years She has been a teaching artist with Kala Art Institute, Richmond Art Center, and JCC of the East Bay. Her work has been published by The Nib (2018), Birdy Magazine(2019), and Forward Comix (2017 & 2020).
Find Yael at www.leahyaellevy.com/
Diana has been teaching watercolor techniques for over 9 years. She enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and the wildlife of the Eastern Shore. Diana enjoys teaching beginning students and encourages her students to request subjects that are of interest to them.
Robert’s profession is art and design. He is multi talented and has studied the fine arts of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and graphic design at various art schools across the country. Always keen to help others experience the joy that he has found in art, he particularly enjoys the beginning students and is always there to answer questions and help the student figure out the answers.
Windy is a fiber artist and owner of Kaire’je Studios, a fiber arts retail business on Taylor’s Island that carries high quality and unusual fibers and materials. Windy is passionate about knitting and felting and is familiar with many fiber art forms. She has worked as a test knitter for a knitwear designer where she perfected fine finishing details. She currently teaches knitting at DCA and helps knitters new and experienced bring their own unique flare to their work.
Find Windy at www.kairejestudio.com
Barbara is an award winning Eastern Shore artist. She works in various mediums from serigraph to oil, focusing primarily on watercolor. Using wet pigment on wet paper (wet on wet), Barbara creates a softness and flow that is exciting when combined with the sharp, clean edges of working on dry paper. Barb creates beauty for your enjoyment; believing that good drawing is the basis
for good painting and that the observer needs to feel the medium… “ the flow and transparency of watercolor or the rich gooeyness of oil.”
Find Barb at www.barbarazuehlke.com.